Although NHS England has noted an increase in the number of people accessing treatment for depression, with approximately 1.4 million referrals made each year, figures suggest that millions of individuals continue to miss out on the treatment they require to reduce the impact depression has on their life.
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While treatment is not sought for various reasons, it is evident that many are afraid to secure treatment due to the stigmas associated with mental health disorders.
Instead of securing professional help, those struggling with depression continue to battle the psychological disorder alone. Regrettably, when treatment for depression is not sought, depression is known to intensify.
This sadly gives way to a plethora of additional physical and psychological illnesses and disorders.
Much research has determined that individuals with depression are twice as likely to use cannabis than those who do not struggle with a mental health disorder. Unfortunately, this puts many at risk of developing coexisting cannabis and depression disorders.
Why Do People With Depression Use Cannabis?
Defined as a depressive disorder that induces extreme bouts of sadness, prolonged low moods and a feeling of numbness, depression arises from various factors such as trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and genetics. Medical professionals also state that depression is often caused by a chemical imbalance within the brain.
Irrespective of the cause of depression, when professional help is sought, antidepressants are typically prescribed to restore and balance neurotransmitters that ultimately control moods and emotions.
However, as noted above, instead of seeking professional help, many individuals turn to cannabis.
Known to be a psychoactive drug that reduces brain function, enhances an individual’s mood and produces feelings of euphoria, cannabis is often used by those struggling with depression as it enables them to self-medicate.
Although the ‘high’ and sense of euphoria that cannabis provides enables users to forget their worries for some time, the side effects of cannabis are short-lived.
What Impact Does Cannabis Use Have On Depression?
As the side effects of cannabis wear off, larger quantities are often consumed. While many believe that cannabis is not harmful, this is sadly not true.
Not only does frequent cannabis use come hand-in-hand with grave physical and psychological side effects, but cannabis use has been linked to more severe cases of depression.
Depression Can Arise From Cannabis Use and Abuse
It should also be noted that depression can arise from cannabis use and abuse.
Studies conducted to examine the link between cannabis use and depression have uncovered that individuals who consume cannabis are at greater risk of developing mental health disorders, including depression.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment For Cannabis Abuse and Depression
Unbeknown to many, when cannabis and depression disorders coexist, dual diagnosis treatment must be secured.
Unlike treatment that is simply provided for one disorder or illness, dual diagnosis treatment combines various treatments to ensure that a cannabis and depression disorder can be treated and overcome simultaneously.
To offer greater insight into our dual diagnosis treatment, we have outlined just a few of our treatments below.
Upon commencing dual diagnosis treatment, it is vital that a medically induced detoxification is administered.
A medically induced detoxification encourages the body and brain to begin to withdraw from cannabis. This essentially means that any harmful toxins that have been administered will be removed from the body.
As toxins leave the body and brain, withdrawal symptoms are often encountered. While withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable, they are easy to manage.
Upon completing a medically induced detoxification, rehabilitation commences. At Asana Lodge, our dual diagnosis rehabilitation treatment combines psychological and well-being therapies that continue to be highly effective in treating cannabis and depression disorders.
Below, we have listed the psychological and well-being therapies available at our rehab.
- Trauma and abuse counselling
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Satori Chair Therapy
- Stress management
- NAD+ therapy
- Relapse prevention
- Family therapy
- Art, drama and music therapy
- Relaxation and sleep management
- Self-help sessions
It should be noted that all of our therapies can be tailored to the specific needs of our clients. With this in mind, should you attend our residential rehab for dual diagnosis treatment, you may encounter more than one of our therapies.
Irrespective of the therapy you are offered, you will have the opportunity to learn how to manage your feelings. You will also have the tools you need to understand the cause of your coexisting cannabis and depression disorder.
3. Aftercare Support
Following your time in our rehab, you will be provided with 12-months of free aftercare support. This additional support will help you maintain your sobriety and manage your depression.
You will be encouraged to attend weekly group therapy sessions at our centre, and you may be offered one-to-one cognitive behavioural therapy.
The aftercare support you are offered will be tailored to your personal needs to ensure that you have the best chance of making a long-term recovery.
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If your life has become significantly impaired by cannabis and depression, and you find yourself ready to take the first step in securing a more positive outlook on life, please contact us today for immediate support.
With our support, you will be able to turn your life around and relieve yourself of the pessimistic ramifications experienced as a result of cannabis and depression.